New Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio waited a long time to hire his new defensive coordinator, but now he’s got his man.
Ken Norton Jr. will be the defensive coordinator of the Raiders.
Norton is a longtime protege of Pete Carroll, having spent the last five years as the Seahawks’ linebackers coach and six years before that as a linebackers coach and assistant head coach under Carroll at USC. The Raiders job will be Norton’s first job with someone other than Carroll as his boss.
The 48-year-old Norton, son of the former heavyweight champion of the world, was a linebacker for the Cowboys from 1988 to 1993 and the 49ers from 1994 to 2000.
Norton’s departure is another reminder of how hard it is to keep together the kind of great coaching staff that the Seahawks had on the defensive side of the ball. Seattle has already lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who became the head coach of the Falcons.